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Careful now! This is your easy Jellyfish Identification Guide

It’s that time of the year when the warmer waters around our coast see a huge rise in jellyfish activity.

Moon, Barrel and Compass jellyfish are among the more common species that are have been spotted in large numbers. Some more newsworthy jellyfish, like the dangerous Lion’s mane, will soon be making their annual summer time appearances along the coast as well, and with them a mild hysteria typically follows.

What should you do if you spot or get stung by a Portuguese Man O' War?

Recent months have seen lots of Portuguese Man O' War washed up on beaches and spotted at locations across the Channel Islands.

The species look like jellyfish and are usually found in the warmer waters of the Atlantic, however it is believed that the influx in the area is down to strong winds and a change in temperatures.

What is the best antidote for a jellyfish sting? (Clue: it's not urine)

What should you do if a jellyfish stings you? Scientists have found that applying vinegar is the best solution, and that popular remedies including urine, lemon juice, and shaving foam could make the situation worse.

A recent study in Toxins, which investigated the efficacy of various remedies for stings from the Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis) concludes that rinsing with vinegar before applying heat is the most effective treatment. The commonly recommended treatment of seawater and ice was found to cause more harm than good.